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Celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. across West Michigan

This year, most traditional events in West Michigan are postponed or canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. However, there are some virtual events.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Monday, we honor the legacy and remember the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Most traditional, in-person events in West Michigan have postponed or canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. However, there are some virtual events.

  • Calvin University's January Series will welcome speaker, Jemar Tisby, who will speak on the "Color of Compromise." The event begins at 12:30 p.m. and you can watch it online.
  • Grand Valley State University is hosting a presentation called "The Legacy of MLK," which begins at 6:30 p.m. You can register for that online event here.
  • Celebration Cinemas will play two films. "One Night in Miami" is showing at all Celebration Cinema theaters and is focused on a historic hotel room meeting between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown.
  • Exclusive showing at Studio Park is "MLK FBI," a documentary of the intelligence community's efforts to discredit and destroy a leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

In Muskegon, there are several virtual celebration planned. 

  • We Are LIT!, a Grand Rapids-based multicultural bookshop, is partnering with Muskegon Heights Public Schools and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to put on film screenings, choir performances, and a keynote speaking event. Registration can be found on the We Are LIT! Facebook page.


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